Simon Russell Beale makes his West End debut Jan. 24 at the Gielgud Theatre, in Charlotte Jones' play Humble Boy.
Russell Beale has usually been seen on stage within the context of a major subsidized company - the RSC or the National - which explains his relatively late (age 41) West End debut.
Humble Boy also originated at the National - one of the actors in Hamlet at the National, in which Russell Beale played the lead, is married to Charlotte Jones, and handed Russell Beale the script.
In essence an update of Hamlet, Humble Boy immediately caught Russell Beale's attention and he made a great success of it in the Cottesloe. His mother, at the National, was played by Dame Diana Rigg; at the Gielgud it will be played by Felicity Kendal.
Theatregoers will be fascinated to compare the two leading ladies' performances, but, as with Hamlet, it is the lad who leads the play and it is Russell Beale's performance as a dysfunctional astrophysicist that will be the focus of attention in the theatre - as it has been in several interviews and profiles over the last week.
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—by Paul Webb Theatrenow